Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near
to listen to Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and
saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this
parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does
not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost
until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and
rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours,
saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’
Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who
repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.
• Am I a grumbler like the Pharisees
dissatisfied with the way God goes about things?
is my greatest
difficulty that I cannot allow myself to be real and vulnerable with Jesus?